Royal Caribbean's Private Beaches Make Second-Class Citizens of the Rest of Us

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/27/2018, 6:00 AM

Most passengers on a Caribbean cruise are by now aware of the “private beaches” and “private islands” that cruise lines operate for the purpose of keeping you from contact with local residents or businesses when your ship alights at a particular port.  This deliberate segregation has been tolerated by most of us because the artificial beaches or ports have been operated in such a way as to be r...

And Still They Come: Ever-Larger Cruise Ships to Displace the Smaller Vessels, Causing Grave Harm to the Once-Delightful Activity of Cruising

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2016, 9:00 PM

Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean      Recently, the travel trade press has been filled with headlines about the largest cruise ship ever built. It is the 5,500-passenger Harmony of the Seas that has just been delivered by its shipyard manufacturer to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The monster vessel will sail the Mediterranean this summer, and will then move to the Caribbean for the winte...

Are Cruises Becoming All-Inclusive? Kinda. Sorta. Maybe.

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/07/2015, 12:30 AM

While those who head to sea are no longer afflicted by rickets (too many citrus fruits on the buffet for that), they do sometimes have to handle noroviruses, seasickness, and that most invidious of miseries: the feeling of being “nickled and dimed” to death. But that may be about to change, thanks to a new program being instituted by Celebrity Cruises. Is this good news for travelers? You...

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